AsiaBizTech.com: Linux Cluster System Business Moves into Prime Time in JapanDec 04, 2000, 12:47 (0 Talkback[s])
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"...Non-stop operation capability is a must for e-business, where a down system means a loss of business. This requirement is increasing for Web or mail servers as well because they are now essential elements of the infrastructure for enterprises."
"Therefore, users, who are cost-conscious about system integration or hardware expenditures, are becoming more and more willing to invest in high system availability. With this background, users are paying attention to Linux cluster systems, which have less expensive software and hardware expensive than other platforms while maintaining equivalent performance."
"A minimum Linux cluster system with two servers and a small number of clients will not show a price advantage compared with Windows NT. As for a large-scale cluster system, on the other hand, a UNIX system shows an advantage in reliability. System providers think that Linux clusters are most competitive in the market just in-between small-scale Windows NT clusters and large-scale UNIX clusters. A deputy manager at Ostsuka Shokai Co., Ltd.'s technical solution center says, "Linux cluster prices range from 10 million yen to 50 million yen. Linux clusters are most accepted by users who can afford several million yen for hardware and need to 300GB disk capacity."